Grammarly: An Honest Review and Giveaway

Not since I reviewed Gina Horkey’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success for The Write Life, have I reviewed another product. I’m doing it again because someone could benefit from using the service.

I’m going to share my experiences with using the service. Not only will you get a look into what I liked and disliked, there’s a free premium membership up for grabs. Ya feeling lucky? Continue reading

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In His Hands: A Preemie’s Story of Survival

 

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Let me tell you about my girl, Carrie! She’s a terrific writer with two published books under her belt, a resilient woman, and a wonderful friend. A caring balance of patience and might is she! And I’m proud she stopped on by The Freelance Dance to share her inspiring story. Enjoy!

As a Christian, I often hear people ask, “How do you know God exists?” You hear all kinds of answers from “He got me through a really tough time” to “He blessed me when I really needed it” to “I just do”. Me? I know God exists because I exist. By medical standards, I’m not supposed to be here.

This Is My Story

“I don’t think she’s going to make it.” the doctors told my parents just after I was born.

These are the bone-chilling, life-draining words no parent ever wants to hear. I arrived on a Thursday in November 1980. Not due until February, around Valentine’s Day, but for some reason, I just couldn’t wait that long. Only 29 weeks along and I weighed 2 lbs, 9 oz. I fit in a tissue box. My Mom heard one cry out of me after I was born and that was it for four-and-a-half months. Continue reading

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Kicking Butt and Taking Names: My January and February 2016 Income Reports

 

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You may have noticed I’ve been rather ghostly lately. Please rest assured I’m okay. I suffered a few personal setbacks last month. Believe it or not, they actually worked to sharpen my focus and keep me on track toward my financial goals. Doors opened up for me that wouldn’t have otherwise done so. Some might call it luck. I choose to believe that I’ve learned enough in my journey thus far to have brought about the best possible results I could have given that situation.

Just like in my last income report, I’m happy with my results. I’ll break them down for you for each month. Then, I’ll end with February’s numbers and my hopes as I move onward into March.

The Freelance Dance – Income Report Backstory

This is my third official income report. Though it’s actually two reports in one, it’s the marks the third time I’ve shared this information with the world.

I maintain a rolling total on my profit-and-loss statement each month. I track only income I’ve received and not billed because I can’t spend money my clients owe me. I do the same thing for expenses. Continue reading

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Living Fearful: How I Fell Down In Life and Got Back Up Again

living fearful - dionaIt’s been way too long since I’ve had a great contribution from a terrific writer! To fix that, I’ve asked Diona Culbertson of Mommy Ways to Win and Write Now Matters to join us on The Freelance Dance. 

She’s here today to talk about spiritual healing and the power of hope. Take it away, Diona!

As a child, who would I have told that I was a product of a troubled home life? I was taught at a young age to never bring up the family’s dirty laundry. So I grew up learning how to keep my mouth shut.

Being scared someone would find out we weren’t a perfect family was extremely stressful.

I’ve lived in fear for most of my adult life. I never told anyone. I put on a brave face and tried to ignore it. It was always there, staring at me. And I couldn’t look away. I couldn’t get away. I was ashamed to be so afraid.

I pretended there was nothing wrong, all in the hopes that the bad stuff would work itself out or disappear altogether. Continue reading

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The Cancer Week

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I’ve been away since the start of 2016 because I’ve suffered a few health setbacks, and also because I’ve been pretty busy working on my new ebook.

A few thoughts brought me back today. One of which was the death of my father-in-law. He was 54 when he passed shortly after under going heart surgery on December 20, 2009. Why the sudden need to remember him? I’m not exactly sure. For one thing, my ex-husband began staying with me a week-or-so ago. Quite naturally, we began talking all about his dad and what I went through in the process of taking care of the man.

I loved him as if he were my own father. I felt for this man more than I felt for my biological family. For seven years I took care of him. Now, I find myself in the strange position of missing him.

The People We Lose

Perhaps is’s the cancer, maybe it’s the nostalgia, but within me I find myself thinking of everyone who lost someone this week to my disease. Continue reading

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Kicking Butt and Taking Names: My December 2015 Income Report

 

 

Oh, yeah! You read that right! I’m gloating and happy dancing all around the interwebz!

Here now I have for you, my second (and AWESOME) freelance income report for the month of December 2015.

Ya ready? Let’s do this!

Some Backstory

I maintain a rolling total on my profit-and-loss statement each month. I track only income that is received and not billed because I can’t spend what I do not have. I do the same thing for expenses.

Previous report:

  • October-November: $100 November Income – $64 October’s start-up expenses – November’s expenses = $6 profit ($6 rolling profit)

You read that right! I broke a profit my first month!! Size can’t take it away from me! Continue reading

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Why I’m Excited About The New Year

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So many reasons for me to type these words! I almost don’t know where to begin. I’m having a hard time even ranking the reasons for all my excitement at the start of 2016! Where to begin? Here’s my attempt at trying…

The Ebook Series

I began work on the first of a series of books about fatherhood for Guyvorce. The first one is about single fatherhood. The next will be about being the best possible dad when you’re daunted by bad luck, such as illness or economic adversity.

I can’t exactly say how many there will be because I have so many in my head to write. I’m grateful to my boss, Dennis Work, for the opportunity to do this. I love what I do, and sharing this important part of my life could help change the lives of kids struggling with their parents’ split. Continue reading

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2016: Make Goals, Not Resolutions

Here it is! I won’t keep you waiting for this post any longer!

On Christmas Eve, I wrote a post centered around the holiday. It briefly touched on what I’m about to discuss with you today.

I’m so ready to get The New Year under way. I’ve made lots and lots of goals for this new year, and I’m excited to share them with you.

Why Not Make Resolutions?

That’s easy! It’s because we don’t tend to stick to the things we say we’re going to do. The word resolution means to decide to do something. A goal, however, is an object of a person’s ambition, the desired result. Continue reading

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4 Innovative Editorial Calendar Hacks You Need to Try Out

What I Learned This Week- (3)

Never thought I’d need one of these! Like most webpreneurs, flying by the seat of my pants (with regards to my posting schedule) suits me fine. I know exactly when what post is set to go live when. If I ever need to look up my past posts, I just bring up my URL and thumb through my blog until I find the right post. The search bar helps a lot too!

But as I ready myself to enter the grownup world of online business, I realize that these things are needed. Eventually I’ll have a staff, a team of people who all need to know my business’ posting schedule. Preparing for it now will make it easier when the time comes to clue in a newbie. And it just makes good sense to plan ahead. Continue reading

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Christmas and Forward

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There’s so much to celebrate and be grateful for this Christmas. I may not be rich in material things, but I have a firm sense of direction, one I haven’t had since I was a student at Texas A&M.

Knowing where I’m going means more to me than anything I could ever hope to buy. Thanks to Gina Horkey, I have a plan for my life and for expanding my business. Continue reading

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